Senate wants Nigeria to prosecute culprits of Kano killing

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday condemned the recent killing of a woman in Kano State, and has asked the government to ensure that the culprits in the killing are fully prosecuted.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu, who presided over Tuesday’s plenary, charged the inspector General of Police and other relevant agencies of government to ensure the culprits are prosecuted.

Senator Ekwerenmdu who was responding to a Point of Order raised by Senator Samuel Anyanwu (PDP Imo East) on the killing, said that government must ensure protection of lives and property of all Nigerians.

“Let me on behalf of the Senate express our condolences to the family and to the people of your constituency, the entire Enugu State and indeed the entire Nigerians. This is because every soul matters to us as Nigerians: the rate of killing in Nigeria is becoming very embarrassing. We must do everything as leaders to protect lives and property of the citizens of this country: every life matters to us, so we cannot continue on the path of diminishing human life.

It is the responsibility of security agencies to ensure that every Nigerian is protected wherever they live. To ensure that this doesn’t happen again, every effort must be made to fish out those responsible so that it can serve as a deterrent to others who have similar motives,”Senator Ekwerenmadu said.

It would be recalled that the woman, Mrs. Bridget Agbahime was killed last week Thursday in a market in Kano after she was accused of blasphemy.

The Senate also on Tuesday passed the Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme establishment Bill, 2016.

The Act which now awaits Mr. President’s assent is for the purpose of making credit facilities easily accessible for commercial agricultural production in Nigeria.

The Environmental Health Officers Registration Act 2002, (Amended) also passed third reading during Tuesday’s plenary.

President’s letter                                                                            

In another development, the Senate made public the official communication from President Muhammadu Buhari over his trip to London on a 10 day leave.

The letter which was addressed to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, was read on the floor of the red Chamber.

According to the letter dated 6th June, 2016, President Buhari said “his Deputy, Professor Yomi Oshibanjo will perform the functions of his office” until June 16th, 2016.

“In compliance with section 145 (1) of the 1999 constitution as amended, I wish to inform the Distinguished Senate that I will be away on a short medical vacation from 6th -16th of June 2016, and while I am away, the Vice President will perform the functions of my office,” part of the letter read.

Confidence O.